Thank you, CARE for partnering with me on today’s post to inspire others to spread a bit of hope.
You can make a difference in the lives of Syrian refugees in just a few minutes with a Letter of Hope! join CARE’s Special Delivery project today!
Did you know that over half of the almost 5 million registered Syrian Refugees outside Syrian borders are under the age of 17? That’s twice as many as the population of Maine. There are 6.6 million more in need of assistance within the country itself. Most of the Syrian refugees have been resettled in surrounding countries like Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, but others will be resettled in places as far away as Canada. Many will never see their homeland again, and all will be forced to start over in a new place with nothing.
“Everything in the world starts small and then becomes bigger—except bad things. They start big, and then get smaller.” ― Warren St. John,
The numbers surrounding this crisis are heartbreaking. This is the largest displacement of people since World War II, and it gets worse each and every day. So when CARE, a global humanitarian organization that fights poverty by empowering girls and women, asked me to partner with them last week to help them with their Special Delivery project, Letters of Hope, I was both humbled and excited to have the opportunity to make a difference.
Last week marked the 5th anniversary of the civil war in Syria. In that time, CARE has reached over 2 million Syrians with humanitarian relief, from food baskets and grocery debit cards to emergency shelter and hygiene kits. But sometimes you need more than those things to keep your spirit alive; you need HOPE. Watch this moving video to see how World War II refugees who received the first CARE packages are paying it forward by writing and sending CARE packages to the Syrian children today.
Children who rode their bikes, went to school, and played with friends, now have none or very little of these liberties. Children that, other than the region they were born were just like my brothers and me when we were growing up. They probably sound like your kids too. But while war is easy for no one, it can be especially crippling to the children it impacts and the parents who have to watch their children suffer. Thankfully, CARE has given you and me and everyone else a way to get involved and make a difference in a Syrian child’s life by writing them a letter of hope.
“A refugee population is hungry for language and aware that anything can happen.” ― Anne Carson,
You can help by taking a few minutes of your day to write a Letter of Hope through the CARE letter writing portal. Feel free to paste a copy of your letter in the comments section of this post to share it with others! You can also donate a CARE package to a Syrian Family in need. Let’s help brighten their day and share words of hope, goodwill, and encouragement with them. I was fortunate to have two friends join me in writing letters and you can read our messages to the children of Syria below.
“I wanted to be a lot of things when I grew up. A horse trainer, a professional softball player, even an astronaut. What do you want to be? No matter how dark the present is, I believe that your future will be bright!” – Rebecca H.
“You are so loved by so many. Inshallah may you find peace and love in your difficult journey.” – Catherine S.
“Know that people you have never met, unknown friends who live far away, are thinking of you and are hoping that today you feel safe and loved.” – Lisa Q.